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The evolution of the black musical icon onscreen

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How filmmakers and audiences approach legends By T.T. Stern-Enzi “Take if you will a picture,” isn’t that the intro to “When Doves Cry,” the song that, to my mind, kicked off the 1980s phenomenon that was Prince? The picture that he took, and that he convinced audiences to check out as well, was “Purple Rain,” […]

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‘Midnight Special’ races in to save the sci-fi genre

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Speculative indie sci-fi traffics in real intimacy By T.T. Stern-Enzi What would Amy Seimetz (associate producer of “Medicine for Melancholy,” writer-director of “Sun Don’t Shine”) and Shane Carruth (writer, director and star of “Upstream Color”) and Mike Cahill (and cohorts Brit Marling and Zal Batmanglij) do with real studio budgets behind their psychologically idiosyncratic ideas? […]

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The mad genius of Jean-Marc Vallee

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A true international indie filmmaker cracks the Hollywood code By T.T. Stern-Enzi It seems I have something in common with the producers of “Demolition,” the new film from Jean-Marc Vallee, which opens April 8 (finally). I say finally because I caught “Demolition” in September when it kicked off the Toronto International Film Festival’s 40th anniversary. […]

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Identity, on film

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2016 Dayton Jewish Film Fest By T.T. Stern-EnziAs both a film critic and, more fundamentally, as a passionate lover of film, I stand behind the belief that movies serve the purpose of gathering and sustaining a sometimes-disparate community of viewers. We enter that darkened space as individuals, locked inside our perspectives, but those flickering frames […]

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‘I Saw the Light’ plays the same old tune

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What’s with the continued focus on the “devil” rather than the music? By T.T. Stern-Enzi The opening weekend of the Toronto International Film Festival afforded me a rare opportunity. Due to the complexities of scheduling, I earned an interview with Casey Bond, one of the co-stars of the Marc Abraham’s Hank Williams biopic “I Saw […]

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Follow the thread from screen to screen

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“Daredevil” lays a surprising foundation for “Captain America: Civil War” By T.T. Stern-Enzi Right off the bat, I need to address the pink elephant on the page of the film section. Why, for goodness sakes, is a film critic wasting time talking about a 13-episode narrative (season two of “Daredevil”) that’s only available via a […]

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Films and filmmakers in dialogue

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Two new art house releases capture complex exchanges By T.T. Stern-Enzi Back in 2000, Sofia Coppola emerged from the shadow of an onscreen debut that threatened to sink her legendary father’s epic film saga with “The Virgin Suicides.” Her adaptation of the Jeffrey Eugenides novel about a group of boys (led by Josh Hartnett in […]

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Making a critical example of ‘Whiskey Tango Foxtrot’

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Look beyond the beard, people By T.T. Stern-Enzi I wish I could have simply settled into my seat Friday afternoon, downshifted from the critical hyper-drive setting in my head and enjoyed the Tina Fey transition into more dramatic fare that nearly all of my critical brethren signed off on, but I couldn’t reject the elephant […]

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The broken notes of ‘Janis: Little Girl Blue’

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Hearing the long-lost voice of the hippie blues By T.T. Stern-Enzi We have gone through phases where the musical biopics were all the rage. Jamie Foxx earned an Academy Award for his near-flawless embodiment of Ray Charles in “Ray” all the way back in 2004. A year later, Joaquin Phoenix was nominated for his turn […]

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‘45 Years’ measures a marriage and finds it wanting

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Does love conquer all? By T.T. Stern-Enzi Film, so rarely, takes the road less traveled. The journey I am speaking of, in this case, would be time and long-term relationships. From a narrative standpoint, filmmakers seem less likely to trust that audiences will appreciate the shorthand that develops between a couple over decades, the ability […]

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The Docket: 8/30

Regional police blotters, reported and interpretedby By Ehron Ostendorf Feeding for two The owner of a store said a woman […]

Debate Forum: 8/23

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For rent Can Ohio’s national park be “leased” for drilling? By Sarah Sidlow Quick quiz: name the only national forest […]

On The Beat: 8/23

Roadside fruit stands, where art thou? By Jim Bucher Think the older you get, the more nostalgic. Guess it’s all […]

On Your Marc: 8/23

No character like McVie By Marc Katz I know, there were iconic entertainment groups that played early in their careers […]

Debate Forum: 8/16/16

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For the love of the game Olympic athletes have big dreams, but empty wallets—Should the government step in? By Sarah […]